Help Sewing McCall’s 8551 13 Inch Rag Doll Feet


I use the McCall’s tissue pattern number 8551 (Affiliated link) to make some of my rag dolls and this how I make the feet. The tiny feet on the 13 inch doll can be hard but I have found a way to do quickly, my mom showed this a while ago but I finally got it. I would suggest using the same color thread as the feet, so when you turn them you wouldn’t see the thread if its not prefect. I only used purple so you could see it. There legs go to my Jordan doll, who is on sale for $35 on Etsy.

First cut out your pattern

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Next put the feet wrong sides together to sew. I sew a little bit on the front top, as seen in the photo.

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Next I open the foot and sew it to the bottom of the leg, match the corners first and then lay the center part down flat to sew. See the photo.

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Sew along the straight over the fold, it will work out after.

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Now you are going to clip right under where you sewed. See photo.

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Next sew the whole foot and leg, line up the seams at the back, so it will look clean. Make sure to line up the stitches you already made and finish around the foot and up the leg.

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Now clip around the curves to make it look nice when you stuff it.

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Now you can turn the leg right side out.

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I do the same thing for the 20 inch doll too, but it’s easier because the size is bigger.

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2 responses to “Help Sewing McCall’s 8551 13 Inch Rag Doll Feet”

  1. […] finish a few other 13 inch dolls and have sense figured out how to make the feet and legs simpler. Here is the Blog post for that. I would like to thank my mom for telling me this tip, and after a few tries it made so much […]

  2. […] 10. Then there is the stuffed of the doll and making sure it has the right shape. Yes lots of times I stuff a doll and the head is not right so I take the stuffing out and resew. Making a dolls head even can be a tricky and magical moment when it happens. This is also true for the feet because of the curve it is hard to get them to stuff and look right. Lots of time the feet end up with a point not a curve and need at least 2 resewing before it’s right. I have had a crazy time with a set of legs until I figured out how to sew them the right away. […]

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